Champagne region near Epernay, France. Photo via Flickr:Pug Girl

Strolling through Paris, France. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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Champagne Tour

France Bike + Barge Tours

Paris to Épernay or Épernay to Paris

  • "Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!" Winston Churchill

    During this bike and boat tour in France, you will pedal through the beautiful Marne River valley and the world famous Champagne region, either beginning in Paris, city of light, or ending there depending on your tour date.

    In 2015, UNESCO granted the Champagne area world heritage status! The vineyards, wine cellars, and sale houses where the grapes are grown, stored, and produced are all culturally significant. In fact, there are many sparkling wines but only the wine produced in this region of France with its chalky soil and perfect climatic conditions can be called Champagne.

    You will have the opportunity to cycle to boutique wineries, sample a variety of champagnes, taste delicious Brie cheese and generally discover everything that the Champagne UNESCO world heritage region has to offer.

    But more than just visiting the Champagne region, you will also have the opportunity to explore Paris, one of Europe’s most beautiful and beloved cities on a full day guided excursion.

    Highlights include:

    • City of Meaux, well known for its Brie cheeses
    • Château-Thierry, the scene of major battles in World War I
    • Scenery and endless vineyards on the rolling banks of the Marne River
    • Epernay

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  • Elodie
    Twin cabin: £ 967 $ 1,719 1190 NOK 11603 kr 10710 $ 1,392 *Twin cabin/single use: On request
    *Limited number

    Zwaantje
    Twin cabin: £ 974 $ 1,732 1199 NOK 11690 kr 10791 $ 1,403 *Twin cabin/single use: £ 1299 $ 2,310 1599 NOK 15590 kr 14391 $ 1,871 *Limited number, on request only

    Elodie
    Twin cabin: pending
    *Twin cabin/single use: on request
    *Limited number

    Zwaantje
    Twin cabin:  £ 999 $ 1,775 1229 NOK 11983 kr 11061 $ 1,438 Twin cabin/single use: £ 1275 $ 2,266 1569 NOK 15298 kr 14121 $ 1,836

     

    extra options

    Zwaantje
    Electric bicycle: £ 69 $ 123 85 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99 Gluten free or dairy free meal, surcharge will apply. Please ask
    Helmets: available on request
    If you would like information on arrival and departure transfers, please ask.
    Elodie:
    Electric bicycle: £ 122 $ 217 150 NOK 1463 kr 1350 $ 176

    Zwaantje
    Electric bicycle: £ 77 $ 137 95 NOK 926 kr 855 $ 111 Gluten free or dairy free meal, surcharge will apply. Please ask
    If you would like information on arrival and departure transfers, please ask.
    Elodie:
    Electric bicycle:
    Helmet rental:

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris. (CDG)

    Local Travel

    Local travel will depend on the boat you are booked on.

    Zwaantje:
    For tour starts in Paris: The Zwaantje will be docked at the Quai de Bercy, along the Seine River near the bridge Pont de Bercy. Station Gare de Lyon is not far from the docking location. To get to Gare Du Lyon from the airport yo can take either an airport shuttle , the RER train, Line B, or a taxi.
    For tour starts in Epernay:
    From CDG, you can take a train to Epernay. Transfers and travel time depend on departure time and type of train.

    Elodie information is pending

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit in the area you will be traveling are: June: 70/54° and July: 75/58°.

    Remarks

    In France, it is not mandatory for adults to wear a helmet, however, we strongly recommend bringing your own helmet for proper fit and safety. There will be a limited number available on board. They should be requested in advance. French law now mandates that children under the age of 12 must wear a helmet. Children helmets are NOT available on board, you must bring your own.


Tour Dates

Elodie
Paris to Epernay: September 9, 2018
Epernay to Paris: September 16, 2018

Zwaantje
Paris to Epernay: June 15 and August 10, 2019
Epernay to Paris: June 8, June 22, and August 17, 2019

Elodie
Paris to Epernay: July 21, 2019

 

Skill Level

This is a moderate level tour that is at times challenging with hilly terrain and varied country roads. It is for experienced bikers in good physical condition. The tour is fully guided and every day you will cycle along small country roads (short distances on dirt or semi-paved roads and tracks) that go up and down the hills adjacent to the river valley and through Champagne vineyards. Cycling distances vary from 30–50 km (19–31 miles) per day. You can also cycle self-guided for short stretches if you prefer.

Where You’ll Stay

On the comfort plus boats, the Zwaantje or the Elodie

What’s Included

  • Aboard the Zwaantje
  • Accommodation on board for 7 nights
  • All meals, breakfast, picnic lunch during cycling itinerary,
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Welcome drink
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Daily cleaning of the cabin
  • Climate-controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours (1 tour leader)
  • Some short walking tours
  • Maps for cycling tours (1 set per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Bike rental with helmet, lock, and pannier bag
  • Water bottle
  • Fees for ferries
  • Brie cheese tasting in Jouarre
  • Champagne tasting at local producer
  • Visit champagne cellar in Epernay
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry service available with supplement
  • Aboard the Elodie
  • Accommodations on board for 7 or 10 nights
  • All meals, breakfast buffets, packed lunches and dinners (accept for the last evening on board)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Climate controlled cabin
  • Daily briefings
  • Fully guided cycling tours (1 tour leader)
  • Maps if requested to plan personal itinerary
  • 24-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier, water bottle, and lock
  • Harbor dues and tourist tax

What’s Not Included

  • Aboard the Zwaantje
  • Transfer to/from docking locations in Paris and Epernay
  • Admittance fees to museums, attractions etc
  • Drinks other than those mentioned
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
  • Aboard the Elodie
  • All drinks
  • One dinner
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Mandatory bike protection

Extra Stay

Extra nights recommended

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1199 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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ABOARD THE ELODIE

2018

Epernay to Paris

Day 1: Epernay
Day 2: Epernay - Cumiere - Epernay,  16 mi. (25 km)
Day 3: Epernay– Dormans – Château-Thierry, 19 - 35 mi.  (30 - 50 km)
Day 4: Château-Thierry – La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Meaux, 22 or 25 mi. (35 or 40 km)
Day 6: Meaux – Lagny-sur-Marne, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Free day in Paris 
Day 8: Paris

ABOARD THE ZWAANTJE

2019:

Paris to Epernay
Day 1:
 Arrival in Paris
Day 2: Paris - Lagny-sur-Marne, 21mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Lagny-sur-Marne - Meaux, 12 or 22 mi. (20 or 37 km)
Day 4: Meaux – La Ferté-sous-jouarre, 22 or 25 mi. (35 or  40 km)
Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Château-Thierry, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 6: Château-Thierry – Dormans – Epernay, 19 or 35 mi. (30 or 50 km)
Day 7: Epernay round tour, 10 or 16 mi. (17 or 25 km); visit Epernay and Champagne houses
Day 8: Departure from Epernay

Epernay to Paris
Day 1:
 Arrival in Epernay. Boarding time at 2 pm.
Day 2: Epernay round tour, visit Epernay and Champagne houses, 10 or 16 mi.(17 or 25 km)
Day 3: Epernay - Dormans - Château-Thierry, 19 or  35 mi. (30 or 50 km)
Day 4: Château-Thierry - La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 26 mi.(42 km)
Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Meaux, 12 or 2 mi.  (30 or 52 km)
Day 6: Meaux - Lagny-sur-Marne, 12 or 21 mi. (20 or 37  km) 
Day 7: Lagny-sur-Marne - Paris, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure from Paris

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In 2019, the itinerary will be 11 days. Please ask us for details.

Epernay to Paris

Day 1: Epernay
Day 2: Epernay - Cumiere - Epernay,  16 mi. (25 km)
Day 3: Epernay– Dormans – Château-Thierry, 19 - 35 mi.  (30 - 50 km)
Day 4: Château-Thierry – La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 32 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Meaux, 22 or 25 mi. (35 or 40 km)
Day 6: Meaux – Lagny-sur-Marne, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Free day in Paris 
Day 8: Paris

Day 1: Embarkation in Epernay
In the afternoon, embarkation and check-in at 2PM. Welcome by the captain, crew, and tour leader. Dinner on board. First briefing about the barge, bicycles and tour program.

Day 2: Epernay, round tour, 16 mi. (25 km) | afternoon: visit Epernay and Champagne houses
The first half day’s bike tour takes you along the quiet canal parallel to the Marne river to Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay. Return via Dizy to visit Hautvillers. After a somewhat challenging first ascent of the slopes and through the vineyards (cyclists can test their shape and muscles for the first time) you will reach this picturesque village of Champagne wine growers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. One of today's highlights is a visit of the chapel with the tomb of the monk Dom Pérignon.  According to tradition, Dom Pérignon (1638-1715), who was in charge of the wine cellars of the abbey of Benedictine monks, was the first to succeed in blending various kinds of wine into a wine of superb quality. Double fermentation, characteristic for the making of champagne, was introduced also by him. You cycle back to Epernay and after lunch, visit the center of Epernay. Together with Reims, Epernay is the major wine center of the Champagne region, where three extensive wine regions meet: the Montagne the Reims, the Côte des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne. Epernay has many town houses dating in neo-renaissance style or classical style dating from the 19th century, especially around the beautiful Avenue the Champagne where prestigious champagne houses such as Moët & Chandon are situated. Champagne tasting and tour in a Champagne house on the famous Avenue de Champagne.

Day 3: Epernay – Dormans – Château-Thierry, 19 - 35 mi.  (30 - 50 km)
Start the first full day cycling tour along the canal and Marne river. You will see the Château de Boursault, a large castle built in 1848 by the widow of Mr. Cliquot, who gave her name (Veuve Cliquot) to a famous Champagne wine. A ride up the northern valley slope to the village of Châtillon-sur-Marne rewards the cyclist with a stunning panoramic view over the Marne valley and the Champagne vineyards. Today you leave the official Champagne area. Cycle along the Marne river (or cruise) to Dormans, a quiet village on the Marne with a castle and chapel in memory of the battle of the Marne. During World War I this area was the scene of close battles. Dinner on board and night in Epernay. Today’s destination is Château-Thierrry, that  owes its name to the castle that once was situated on the slopes above the Marne. The town was the site of the Battle of 1814 in the Napoleonic Wars between France and Prussia and of 1918 in World War I. Château-Thierry is also known as the native town of the world-famous writer of fables Jean de la Fontaine. You may opt to do the shorter bike tour beginning in Dormans.

Day 4: Château-Thierry – La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 32 mi. (50 km)
Enjoy a somewhat challenging bike tour from Château-Thierry to La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre . The first part of the cycling tour leads you along the Marne river. After a few miles you will take a small side valley and follow country roads through various small villages and hamlets. En route you can visit the large WWI American War Cemetery and Monument near Belleau. Follow the small river Clignon and continue riding uphill until you finally reach the plateau above the northern part of the Marne valley. The side valleys are mainly covered with forest, on the plateau agriculture is predominant. Start your descent along the small river Ru de Bouillons to reach La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, where you meet the barge. An easier and shorter cycling option leads along the river through the valley. Overnight in La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre or one of the villages nearby.

Day 5: La Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Meaux, 22 or 25 mi. (35 or 40 km)
After breakfast you will start your cycling tour that will lead you over the hills and slopes of the Marne valley and through forests and small villages on the southern and northern banks of the river. After just a few miles you will enjoy a presentation and tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux and Brie noir cheeses (included). On the way you may visit the Château de Montceau, the building of which was started by Catherine de Médicis in the 16th century. Today’s destination is the city of Meaux, famous for its “Brie de Meaux” cheeses and the magnificent Cathedral St.-Etienne. Visit the historical city center of Meaux. Dinner on board and night in Meaux.

Day 6: Meaux – Lagny-sur-Marne, 21 mi. (35 km)
Visit the beautiful city center of Meaux. Then you can take your bicycle for a last ride, mainly along the Marne river and its parallel canal. Last challenge is the hill near Chalifert. The barge will take the tunnel through this hill, but cyclists have to ride up to take the hill by bicycle. In the afternoon you will meet the barge in Lagny-sur-Marne, where you will stay for the night.

Day 7: Free day in Paris 
After breakfast you will leave the ship and enjoy a full day guided excursion to many highlights of Paris. Take the regional train (30 min.) to Paris and visit some of the highlights that the “City of Light” has to offer. To mention just a few: the Eifel Tower, the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, the Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the  Centre Pompidou and the  Musée d’Orsay. Your tour guide will take you by public transportation (day ticket not included) from the barge to the center of Paris and on some walking tours. For safety reasons, no cycling tour in Paris is planned.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Paris
Disembarkation after breakfast by 9 AM.

Paris to Epernay
Day 1:
 Arrival in Paris
Day 2: Paris - Lagny-sur-Marne, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Lagny-sur-Marne - Meaux, 21 miles (35 km)
Day 4: Meaux – La Ferté-sous-jouarre, 22 or 25 miles (35 or  40 km)
Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Château-Thierry, 32 miles (50 km)
Day 6: Château-Thierry – Dormans – Epernay, 19 or 35 miles (30 or 50 km)
Day 7: Epernay round tour, 10 or 16 mi. (17 or 25 km); visit Epernay and Champagne houses
Day 8: Departure from Epernay

*All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours. If you do not feel like cycling one or more days, you can always relax on board while cruising to the next town. Program and details barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons. If there are 18 or more booked, two tour guides will be riding and on certain days can offer a longer or shorter itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival in Paris
Embarkation and check-in at 2 p.m. at the Quai de Bercy on the Seine river in Paris. After a welcome by the captain, crew and tour leader there is time for a walking tour through Paris. After dinner on board there is a first briefing about the barge, bicycles and tour program.

Day 2:  Paris - Lagny-sur-Marne, 21 mi. (35 km)
You leave Paris by bike via the canal de l’Ourcq. A bike path leads from the place the la Bastille (close to the mooring place of the Zwaantje), via the basin of la Vilette to the banks of the l’Ourcq. This canal was built by order of Napoleon Bonaparte. The canal provided the city with water and played an important role in the transportation of goods to and from the city. Destination of today is Lagny, a nice little town along the Marne.

Day 3: Lagny-sur-Marne - Meaux, 12 or 22 mi. (20 or 37 km)
In Lagny-sur-Marne, you ride, mainly along the Marne river and its parallel canal. In case you opt for the short ride, the first challenge is the hill near Chalifert. The barge will take the tunnel through the hill, but cyclists can test their fitness and muscles for the first time by climbing and crossing the hill by bicycle. Also on the longer option the first part is quite hilly, because you have to leave the valley of the Marne. Later you will follow the small Canal de l’Ourq that was built by Napoleon to transport wood, grain and fresh water to Paris. Today’s destination is the city of Meaux, famous for its “Brie de Meaux” cheeses and the magnificent Cathedral St.-Etienne. Night in Meaux.

Day 4: Meaux – La Ferté-sous-jouarre, 22 or 25 miles (35 or 40 km)
There are a few cycling options today. The shorter option will lead you over the hills and slopes of the Marne valley on the south bank of the river through forests and small villages. The longer option stays in the valley of the river in the morning with a ride through Trilport and Lizy-surOurcq. Later you will have to climb a few challenging hills, leaving the valley in the direction of Jouarre. In Jouarre, all cyclists can enjoy a very nice presentation and tasting of the famous Brie de Meaux and Brie noir cheeses at the family-run Fromagerie Ganot. Dinner on board and night in La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre or a village nearby.

Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Château-Thierry, 32 miles (50 km)
Enjoy a somewhat challenging cycling tour from La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre to Château-Thierry. The first part of the cycling track leads you along the Marne river. After a few miles you will take a side valley and follow country roads through various small villages and hamlets. Continue riding uphill until you finally reach the plateau above the northern part of the Marne valley. The side valleys are mainly covered with forest, on the plateau agriculture is predominant. Follow the valley of the small river Clignon. En route you can visit the large WW1 American War Cemetery and Monument near Belleau on the D82. Start your descent to reach Château-Thierry. Dinner on board and night in Château-Thierry. Château-Thierry owes its name to the castle that once was situated on the slopes above the Marne. You can still see some remnants. The town was the site of two important battles: the Battle of 1814 in the Napoleonic Wars between France and Prussia and the Battle of 1918 at the end of World War I. Château-Thierry is also known as the native town of the world-famous writer of fables Jean de la Fontaine.

Day 6: Château-Thierry – Dormans – Epernay, 19 or 35 miles (30 or 50 km)
During breakfast the ship will take us to the lock of Mont St. Pierre or even a bit further upstream to Dormans. Today we will enter the official Champagne area. Dormans is a quiet village on the Marne with a castle and chapel in memory of the battle of the Marne. During World War I this area was the scene of intense battles. A ride up the northern valley slope to the village of Châtillon-surMarne rewards the cyclist with a stunning panoramic view over the Marne valley and the Champagne vineyards. During the cycling tour you will see the Château de Boursault, a large castle built in 1848 by the widow of Mr. Cliquot, who gave her name (“Veuve Cliquot”) to a famous Champagne wine. Dinner on board and night in Epernay.

Day 7:  Epernay round tour, 10 or 16 mi. (17 or 25 km)
The last half day’s cycling tour takes you along the quiet canal parallel to the Marne river to Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay. Return via Dizy to visit Hautvillers. After a somewhat challenging ascent you will reach this picturesque village of Champagne wine growers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. Highlight is a visit of the chapel with the tomb of the monk Dom Pérignon (1638-1715). In charge of the wine cellars of a Benedictine abbey, Dom Pérignon pioneered a number of winemaking techniques, being the first to blend grapes in such a way as to improve regional wines into a wine of superb quality. Double fermentation, characteristic for the making of champagne, was introduced also by him. Return cycling to Epernay. After lunch, visit the center of Epernay. Together with Reims, Epernay is the major wine center of the Champagne region, where three extensive wine regions meet: the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne. Epernay has many town houses dating in neo-renaissance style or classical style dating from the 19th century, especially around the beautiful Avenue the Champagne where prestigious champagne houses, such as Moët & Chandon and Mercier, are situated. Enjoy a Champagne tasting and take a tour in one of the major Champagne houses.

Day 8: Departure from Epernay
Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:30 AM.

Epernay to Paris
Day 1:
 Arrival in Epernay. Boarding at 2 pm
Day 2: Epernay round tour, 10 or 16 mi. (17 or 25 km)
Day 3: Epernay - Dormans - Château-Thierry, 19 or  35 miles (30 or 50 km)
Day 4: Château-Thierry - La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, 26 miles (42 km)
Day 5: La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre – Meaux,  18 or 32 mi.  (30 or 52 km)
Day 6: Meaux - Lagny-sur-Marne, 12 or 21 mi. (20 or 37  km) 
Day 7: Lagnyo-sur-Marne - Paris, 21 mi. (36 km)
Day 8: Departure from Paris

 

 

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Customer Feedback

  • Ray S. 7 months ago

    Most Memorable Part? How beautiful the country looked. Our first time to Europe. France made a big impression and hope to return. Merci beaucoup

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Barry B. 8 months ago

    When a vacation is better than your expectations, as it was, it is vundarbar.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Karyn P. 8 months ago

    Most Memorable Part? Everything! The other cyclists, the barge crew, the food and of course the Champagne was all amazing!

    Boat: Elodie

  • Barry B. 1 year ago

    Crew, guide, staff were attentive, cordial and helpful. Barge was clean and comfortable. Bike routes were very scenic and interesting. Mary Ann, our guide was very knowledgeable, and simply terrific. Will we go again?....absolutely yes.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Martha Y. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part of the trip was the scenery and atmosphere.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Michael F. 1 year ago

    The Captain and crew were just wonderful. While the sights were certainly great, like cheese making, Champagne tasting, visitng the ruins and the WWII cemeteries it was the warm welcome from the Captain and crew that really made this trip. There was nothing they wouldn't do for us including getting fresh baguettes every day, finding out our personal preferences for drinks after a long day in the saddle, and in general giving 110% to keep everyone happy. I strongly recommend the Captain and crew of the Zwaantje! I also must mention a big thank you to Carla and her crew at Tripsite for their assistance in getting us additional e-bikes. Without the e-bikes some of us just wouldn't have made the hills, with them we enjoyed every minute. Thank you!

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Jeff K. 2 years ago

    The boat staff was great. Food, service and cleanliness was excellent.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Paul L. 2 years ago

    The Zwaantje barge crew were most excellent - great accommodations, food and customer service!! I would take another bike and barge trip with this group....it was an experience of a lifetime!

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Fulton A. 2 years ago

    Mega-kudos to the Zwaanje crew, headed by Martin. They're an extraordinary group.
    Our guide, Mintje, was good and well-intentioned, but she sometimes didn't grasp entirely the group's priorities.
    The route was fantastic -- scenery, length of rides, etc. The tours (champagne, brie, etc., were excellent, especially the family-owned company, Nowak. We learned things and had a lot of fun.
    We appreciated how Martin and Mintje responded to our requests for flexibility in developing distance options for less- and more-eager riders.
    Also, availability of electric bikes made it possible for spouses (of both sexes) to accompany on rides they usually wouldn't be able to do. We know electric bikes are controversial in some corners, but they made the trip possible for some of our group.
    One last thing ... TripSite's PDF summarizing the ride, proposing packing lists, giving directions and tips, was excellent. Congratulations.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • D. Power 2 years ago

    The staff on the Zwaantje made the trip!

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • D. Miller 2 years ago

    The ship, captain and crew were wonderful. Our guide was totally unacceptable!

    My only complaint regarding the boat was due to the small cabins. The French locks are narrow, so the boat is narrow, making the rooms a bit to small for my comfort.

    Our main concern was the unprepared tour group leader. She was constantly undecided on how to proceed. I think it was more trying to please the group than not knowing what to do. There should have been a route guide for each person (all we received was a large map with no route shown on it). She needed to be a leader rather than a friend!

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • M. Dumestre 2 years ago

    I highly recommend the Swaantje barge. The captain is both technically experienced and oriented toward customer satisfaction. The staff was very attentive to passenger needs.
    The bike guide was competent, but needed a bit more familiarity with the routes.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • C. Robinson 2 years ago

    Rooms really small; Guide was lost a lot; Staffers not very good with knowledge of E bikes;
    But food was great..staff was kind..trip was pretty.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • D. Quigley 2 years ago

    Your tour was so damn good l find l'm getting naught done cause l want to go again - tomorrow. Seriously, l received courteous service that was pertinent and addressed any of the issues that l might have experienced. Personally, l think the whole Bike and Barge tour was run to the highest professional standards under what were adverse weather conditions. You can't plan for the tidal wave like flood of water that swept down the rivers and the very fact that you were able to 'tap-dance in the snow' and continue to operate at all does you no amount of credit. So from me, a big thank you to all the staff and keep up the good work. it was indeed a distinct pleasure for me to bear witness as other professionals surmounted adversity and came out on top.
    D. Quigley - Melbourne, Australia.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • D. Uram 2 years ago

    For the most part the trip was wonderful, I would like to put most of my answers right in the middle of satisfied and not satisfied, I just thought the scenery and the landscape etc. was not what I expected. That is not your fault, enjoyed my trips to Italy and Germany were much more scenic

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  • C. Bauer 2 years ago

    The guide seemed lost most of the time. He didn't know where to stop for a picnic and one day we ate our lunches at a bus stop. I realize cafes mostly close in France between 12 and 2, but his lack of knowledge of where to find a toilet after lunch was a problem. He chastised us for being slow to re-organize, but then later we'd stop for no reason and wait for up to a half hour with no info from him. He was good at describing architecture.

    Boat: Zwaantje

    • Jehiel 2 years ago

      Hi C. Bauer,
      Thank you so much for your comment. We have contacted our local partner and assure you we are working very hard to improve this tour based on your feedback. Thanks again for sharing!

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Elodie Photo

Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurbished into a luxury holiday ship. The ship has a saloon and sundeck and all of its cabins come with air-conditioning. The saloon of the Elodie is furnished in ship-style by using various types of wood in the finishing.

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Zwaantje France, Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a wonderful comfort plus barge. The boat has 10 cabins with twin beds and 2 cabins with double beds. These cabins also have a bunk bed but cannot be used as a triple. Each cabin has private facilities.

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